The C's at the 2012 finals?...Not far from happening. Without worries, the Celts are sure to take a spot in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the current bench roster do not have enough firepower, talent and DEFENSIVE pieces to outlast the Eastern powerhouses - Chicago & Miami. First, they have to trade one or two significant players other than the big three in order to get the two pieces they need most in order to get past the young legs of Noah/Deng/Rose of Chicago or the Joe/Josh/Horford of Atlanta or the LeBron/Wade/Bosh of Miami.
And the salary equivalent of the to-be traded player/s should be at least $16M in order to get these guys:
1. A center who can defend the paint and who is a double threat post-up/perimeter shooter who can compliment KG, Bass and who ever remains between JO and Stiemsma to complete a rotation of 4 at the C/PF positions > candidates: Chris Kaman/Al Jefferson/Anderson Varejao
2. A long, no-fear, no-fuss combo shooting guard/small forward who is a proven defender and scorer who can compliment Paul, Ray and whoever remains between Peitrus and Daniels to complete a rotation of 4 at the SF/SG positions > candidates: Trevor Ariza/Omri Casspi/Gordon Hayward
Also, Doc has to give the talented, defensive-oriented and high basketball IQ back-up point guard - Avery Bardley - some playing time and room for error in order for him to experiment on how to set the tone for team chemistry, and to fully understand what it takes to make each member of the big 3 tick and earn their respect/confidence just like what Doc did to Rondo. See Avery's potential - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYJVTePSMYw. No problem with the development of a third stringer - Moore - at the PG position since he is equally talented and confident. He is a raw talent and just needs minutes and responsibility at end games.